Gente que Cuenta

Mirage, by Leonor Henríquez

Helen Frankenthaler Atril press
Helen Frankenthaler,
Playa Vasca, 1958

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I read once that you reach a certain age when the years go by very quickly, but the days are eternal.

I already reached that age.

No more charts, no more boring meetings, no more difficult bosses, no more progress reports; no more monthly payments… those, I miss.

But I am finally the owner of my precious time and, in my infinite days, full of adventures, I go for walks.

My new job is simply to pay attention. They say delight is the reward of paying attention.

I went out on my usual route but this time, I noticed something different.

The snow had melted, and it was hot. Yes, hot in March.

I took off my jacket, scarf, and gloves and noticed an unusual glow at the end of the path.

I detected a different vegetation on the horizon.

Palm trees? – I said to myself – In Calgary?

I swear I didn’t have a drop of alcohol in my system.

I quickened my pace. I stumbled. I got up. I felt an awful thirst.

I persisted. I finally reached the end of the path.

The glow came from a silver beach with white sands.

I plunged into the water.

I drank of this strange glow.

I rested on the sand, as radiant as the snow that had recently rested there.

I thought this was all a mirage.

But my hands were wet. My body covered with white sand.

My thirst, calmed.

No, it was not a mirage.

It was a poem.

I walked home, soaked in words, ready to write it.

I suspect I need a beach vacation after this long winter.

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Leonor Henríquez (Caracas, Venezuela) Civil Engineer by training (UCAB 1985), writer and apprentice poet by vocation. From a very young age she participated in creative writing workshops at CELARG, Caracas. Her fictions were published in the anthology Voces Nuevas (1990-91), and later her testimonial, Existe la Luz (1995). From her time in engineering emerged her Office Stories (1997), another way of seeing the corporate world. Her latest publications include reflections on grief, Hopecrumbs (2020) and “The Adventures of Chispita” (2021), a children’s story, an allegory of life inside Mom’s belly.
Today she shares her “impulsive meditations” from Calgary, Canada, where she lives.

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